University Of Massachusetts Bans Cigarette Sales
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) _ Tobacco sales end July 1 on the University of Massachusetts campus here and young smokers say they are fuming about the inconvenience of having to go downtown to buy cigarettes.
″I think it was awfully parental of the university,″ said Marie Finnerty, a sophomore who said she smokes half a pack of cigarettes daily. ″The big guys just decided it would be good for students.″
A faculty health committee proposed the ban and the idea was adopted by administrators, although the university stands to lose up to $100,000 from cigarette sales in dining commons and campus stores, said Ashoke Ganguli, director of Auxiliary Services.
Ganguli noted that only four vending machines remain on campus.
A recent random survey by the Student Affairs Research and Evaluation Office found that 17 percent of the 25,000 students at the university smoke. Of those, 74 percent said they bought cigarettes on campu.
The UMass campus in Boston banned cigarette sales a year ago, said university spokeswoman Joan Ashwell.